CMS Master Class: St. Louis Symphony Piccolo & Flutist Jan Gippo

| March 28, 2013

Retired St. Louis Symphony Piccolo and Flutist, Jan Gippo will lead a Piccolo and Flute Master Class at the Community Music School of Webster University on Friday, April 19, 4 – 6 p.m. Gippo will work with students by coaching their performances, sharing basic fundamentals of piccolo playing and speaking about his piccolo publications. Students, teachers, and those with a general interest in music are invited to observe.

Master Class Details

Friday, April 19, 4 – 6 p.m.

Concert Hall, Community Music School of Webster University
535 Garden Avenue
Webster Groves, Mo.

Admission is $10 to attend the class. To perform in the master class, an entry fee of $25 is required. To arrange a private lesson with Gippo (inquire about fee), contact Paula Kasica at pkasica@me.com.

For more information about the Piccolo and Flute Master Class, call 314-968-5939 or visit webster.edu/cms.

Jan Gippo Biography

Jan Gippo taught at Webster University from 1980-2010. As director of Winds at Webster University, he was a founding member of the Webster Wind Quintet and the Webster Chamber Players.

Gippo was Piccolo and Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony from 1972-2008.  A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, he taught at Webster University from 1980-2010, was on the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and presented recitals and master classes throughout the United States and abroad. As director of Winds at Webster University, he was a founding member of the Webster Wind Quintet and the Webster Chamber Players, and was the originator of the course, “The Practical World of Music Business.”

He is also the owner/publisher of Meridian Publishing, LLC, publishing the Gaubert Suite for flute and piano and piccolo works: Spindrift, Broughton Concerto for Piccolo, and Loeb Preludes Volume III. Gippo has served as principal flute for the Bach Society of St. Louis. He was the music director of “From the Garden-LIVE!” a live radio chamber music broadcast program on Classic 99-KFUO FM, where he hosted international figures in the classical music world including Garrick Ohlsson, Anne Akiko Meyers, Emmanuel Ax, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin.

From 2002-2006, Gippo served as Chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, ICSOM. This organization represents 52 major orchestras of the United States and over 5,000 musicians.

Founder of the Piccolo Committee of the 5,000-plus member National Flute Association, Gippo helped raise over $120,000 to commission 15 new works for the instrument. He has served on the board of directors for the National Flute Association. In addition, he was co-chair of the St. Louis Symphony’s orchestra committee and has been an author, contributing editor, and editor-at-large of Flute Talk Magazine, an Instrumentalist publication. He was a member of the board of directors for the St. Louis Cathedral Concert Series and the managing director of the Union Avenue Opera Theater. Additionally, Gippo is the author and editor of “The Complete Piccolo:  a comprehensive guide to fingerings, repertoire, and history,” published by the Theodore Presser Company.

The Community Music School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is a certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. The Community Music School receives assistance from the Arts and Education Council of Greater Saint Louis and support from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.

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